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Certification after graduation

  • 1.  Certification after graduation

    Posted 09-22-2020 11:39

    I was just wondering how the certification exam would be after the Health Information Technology program is done? How long does it usually take for someone who will be just starting out?


    Arreyel Jones
    Pre-RHIT Student

    Arreyel Jones
    Certified Nursing Assistant 2

  • 2.  RE: Certification after graduation

    Posted 09-22-2020 12:51
    You can register for early testing during the final term in your program by having your program director sign off on the form.  It is important to take the exam either in your final term or immediately after graduation.  I know lots of people who missed out on jobs because they didn't have the RHIT yet.  Unless it is in testing for a new exam, which isn't likely (I don't know the schedule) you will get your results as soon as you complete the exam.  For most people, it takes the full time allowed to complete the exam, so you need to keep track of how many questions you should have completed each half hour to make sure you are working quickly enough.  It is rare to be confident that you passed when you complete the exam.  You will have doubts until you are handed the actual results.


    Bonita Altus
    Department Chair & Instructor
    Portland Community College

  • 3.  RE: Certification after graduation

    Posted 09-23-2020 08:27
    All excellent recommendations by Bonita. I would also comment that if you are ahead of schedule when doing the 30 minute checks, take one break for 5-10 minutes which was allowed, and do something to get refocused or just clear the mind.

    Greg Zobel

  • 4.  RE: Certification after graduation

    Posted 09-24-2020 10:49
    There is an option to take the exam in your last term as a student.  Take a look at the Candidate guide for the exam as it explains the early testing option.
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    While m ost RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. RHITs may also be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.
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    Rebecca Reynolds
    Professor/Privacy Coordinator

  • 5.  RE: Certification after graduation

    Posted 10-24-2020 11:09
    Following suit on the main post here, I am a second year student and plan on taking the RHIT exam following school, I know it's been difficult even finding an exam as of late due to Covid-19.  My question is, do you have any recommendations for study guides that seem most beneficial to a student going for their certification post graduation?

    Katie Kohler

  • 6.  RE: Certification after graduation

    Posted 30 days ago
    Arreyel and Katie,

    I believe you are asking the length of the RHIT exam? It was 4 hours long when I took it some years ago, if memory serves. As far as prep, AHIMA offers an exam prep workbook.

    Deborah Gagne
    Him Director and Privacy Officer
    Garrett Regional Medical